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Bulldogs Cruise In Home Opener

Brian Katz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Brian Katz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Fifteen Players Score As Yale Routs Lyndon State 101-37

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's home opener went just as James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, hoped it would. Fifteen players scored and the 16 players that dressed each saw at least 10 minutes of action as the Bulldogs cruised to a 101-37 victory over Lyndon State at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

"I'm happy with the fact that everybody got to play double-digit minutes," Jones said. "Some guys come to practice, work hard and are not rewarded in games. This should help everybody feel good about themselves."

Junior Sam Martin led the way with a career-high 17 points. He was 6-of-8 from the field, including 5-of-7 on three-pointers.

"I'm always confident with my shot," Martin said. "Some nights it just feels good."

Reggie Willhite added 13 points and four steals, while Austin Morgan was the only other player to reach double figures, scoring 10 in just 15 minutes. Freshman Armani Cotton had nine points, Greg Mangano, and Michael Grace scored seven and Jesse Pritchard and Brandon Sherrod contributed six.

The Bulldogs reached the 100-point mark for the first time since a 100-49 win over RPI in 2003. The 64-point margin of victory was the largest in school history, surpassing a 97-36 win over Wesleyan in 1955.

Two nights after being held to just 26.8 percent from the field in a loss to Quinnipiac, Yale was far more accurate against the Hornets (0-2). The Bulldogs shot 52.1 percent overall and 50 percent (16-of-32) from three-point range.

Yale also had a big edge on the boards, outrebounding Lyndon 50-31. Greg Kelley grabbed a team-high seven boards.

The Bulldogs also had assists on 24 of their 37 field goals. Grace matched his career-high with seven. Freshman Javier Duren also got in on the act with three assists in 10 minutes.

"I was just trying to run the offense and get other players involved," Duren said. "That's one way I can help the team."

Yale (2-1) wasted little time seizing control. The Bulldogs led 15-4 after five minutes and were up 34-7 at the 10-minute mark.

Yale has the weekend to enjoy the victory. The Bulldogs don't play again until Tuesday at Seton Hall.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity